This Day in Black History: Nov. 17, 2000

Coolio releases his cookbook, Cookin' With Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price.

Posted: 11/17/2013 12:00 AM EST

(Photo: Atria Books)

Coolio, enigmatic West Coast rapper, actor and record producer, added published author to his many achievements. Best known for the hip hop anthem “Gangsters Paradise,” the multi-platinum selling artist, on Nov. 17, 2000, also became a celebrity cook. 

His cookbook, Cooking With Coolio, 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price was published by Simon & Schuster. An Internet-based show of the same name was launched on a Web TV platform to help promote sales.

In the 224-page book, Coolio’s 30-minute recipes focus on home cooked favorites that he says he enjoyed as child. From fried chicken to tips on low-cost shopping, Cooking With Coolio is still in print. Sticking to the unconventional tone of the book Coolio describes his cuisine style as “ghetto gourmet.” 

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